We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.IS IT TRUE that yesterday the United States House of Representatives passed the Senate-approved $19 billion dollars disaster aid measure? …that this legislation has been blocked by a group of calloused lawmakers three times over the past two weeks? …thank goodness that this bill will now be sent to President Donald Trump for his signature, which can be delivered via auto-pen while he’s abroad in the United Kingdom? …that every United States House of Representative member who voted to hold this $19 billion dollars disaster aid measure in committee three times during the last two weeks should be run out of office?IS IT TRUE that many citizens of the City of Evansville, Indiana are getting concerned about the number of violent crimes that have been committed during the past couple of years?…for review, 2017 was a record setting year for homicide in River City with our murder rate rivaling the murder rates of St. Louis, Detroit, and exceeding the murder rate of Chicago?…things improved in 2018 relative to 2017 but out murder rate was still double historical levels and put us clearly in the realm of secondary blighted urban areas?…2019 has gotten off to a disappointing start and my well exceed the murder rate of 2017 at the midpoint?…there have been numerous articles on the subject with the most recent being a TV segment just over a week ago that discussed the fears of the citizenry and basically a shooting every other day in the previous week?…that since then there were two shootings on Morton Avenue, a death from bad fentanyl, a body found at Ellis Park, and a knife wielding man who looked more like SNEGAL’s ugly cousin Gollum in his mug shot that cut some people? …its time that the Evansville’s leadership needs a lesson in setting priorities and a second lesson in why going all in on fun and games does not solve social ills and legacy neglect?IS IT TRUE everyday members of our local law enforcement work many scenes of shootings several times every week? …they also chase and apprehend suspects fleeing the scene of the shootings? …we are proud of our men and women in blue for help keeping our community safe from bad people?…the next time you see our first responders please give them five (5) “thumbs up” for doing a great job in protecting us?IS IT TRUE that for the last several years the State of Indiana has been coming down on the Vanderburgh County Commissioners and the Vanderburgh County Council for having too many people in the relatively new but inadequate jail on the north side?…our elected officials are not only under scrutiny for ridiculous levels of overcrowding but they are getting political heat for not agreeing on a financial plan with respect to fixing the problems?…the problems are of course driven by having a minimum of 20% overcrowding for the capacity the jail was meant to house?…there are not even enough beds for every prisoner to have one and there are only enough toilets to make it a requirement that 12 prisoners must share a toilet?…the same goes for showers as there is a shower shortage of the same magnitude?…understaffing is at critical levels and there is no current financial plan in site to fix the problem? …its time that our county officials approve the money for a jail that will house an additional 750 inmates?IS IT TRUE if only the powers that be would have listened to past County Commission Dave Mosby, Vanderburgh County wouldn’t be experiencing the current jail overcrowding problem today?IS IT TRUE we wonder how do members of the EVSC school board feel about the practice of political patronage and nepotism?IS IT TRUE we wonder if “TROLLEY” has helped in the promoting of additional business to the urban core and growing bar, restaurant, and entertainment districts? …the “TROLLEY” project is sponsored by the non-profit Franklin Street Events Association and is also a joint venture between FSEA and GAGE.IS IT TRUE that Steve Hammer is doing a bang up job for Senator Mike Braun administration as his newly appointed field representative? …that Steve Hammer spearhead Mike Brauns successful primary and general campaigns for the United States Senator here in Vanderburgh County?IS IT TRUE we are told that Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke is practicing to get ready to shoot his re-election video? …we hear that the Mayor will demonstrate his HULA HOOP skills while wearing his “Chicken Fat” suit? …we hear that he will be showing some new dance moves while spinning the Hula Hoop on his two arms and left leg?IS IT TRUE that the Vanderburgh County Public Defender’s Agency plays an important role in our social fabric by ensuring that those who can least afford legal representation in our Courts are fully protected?IS IT TRUE that Evansville Living does a superb job in bringing us accurate and up-to-date local articles of substance? …they have earned the reputation of being extremely informative, detailed, aggressive and creative in providing their viewers with the current culture, politics, sports, business, lifestyle, entertainment, dining, and the big personalities unique to our region? …we give five (5) cheers to Kristen and Todd Tucker for producing an incredible magazine for our region?IS IT TRUE that the system of governance called Communism just celebrated its 100th birthday last year?…it was just pointed out that in its 100 years of existence that Communism has been responsible for the death of 100 million people?…is that a legacy worth fighting against ever infesting the minds of Americans even if it is called by another name?IS IT TRUE that the Executive Director of SWIRCA & MORE, Rhonda Zuber is doing one heck of a job for this most worthy community organization?IS IT TRUE we are really pleased with the way the Vanderburgh County Treasurer Susan Kirk runs her office? … Ms. Kirk is well respected among other county officials, the public and her employees alike? …if you see Ms. Kirk at the Civic Civic Center tell what a great job she is doing?Todays ‘Readers Poll” question is: Are you pleased that Ann Ennis is encouraging the EVSC officials to adhere to the “Open Door and Freedom Of Information Laws”? 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Compensation update: Bills are trading a 1st-round pick, a 5th-round pick, a 6th-round pick and a 2021 4th-round pick for Vikings WR Stefon Diggs and a 2020 7th-round pick, source tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2020FANTASY ANALYSIS: Diggs tradeBut hours before the trade went down, Diggs seemed to add fuel to the fire with his own tweets.Earlier in the day, after news broke that quarterback Kirk Cousins would be sticking in Minnesota for another three seasons, Diggs sent out a cryptic emoji tweet:🤔— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) March 16, 2020NFL FREE AGENCY:Tracking the latest news, reports and rumorsWas it in response to the Cousins contract? Was he pondering life, the universe and everything? Maybe thinking about his lunch choices? Who knows? But a single tweet later, Diggs provided a little more “context” to the situation.it’s time for a new beginning.— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) March 16, 2020Maybe Diggs settled on Chinese food for lunch and was just reading off his fortune cookie. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s something pertaining to football? Stefon Diggs is a man of few characters.The Vikings wide receiver had been the subject of trade rumors dating back to last offseason, but the rumors became action, and Diggs is now a member of the Buffalo Bills, per reports. Well, in a response to a Twitter user who mentioned Diggs wears his emotions on his sleeve, the 26-year-old promised that something — whatever that something is — is going to happen.Nah this ain’t one of them times champ. Somethings going to happen.— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) March 16, 2020Trading Diggs is a big blow to the Vikings’ offense. Though he has yet to eclipse double-digit touchdowns in a season in his career, Diggs and running mate Adam Thielen have formed one of the league’s best 1-2 punches at the wide receiver position in recent years. Though it doesn’t sound like Diggs particularly wanted that to continue.Now, we see the kind of pairing Josh Allen and Diggs will make in Buffalo.
Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA | Zinedine Zidane on Saturday appeared to put a time limit on his second term as coach of Real Madrid as he spoke to the press.It is only two years since Zidane resigned as Real Madrid coach only to return towards the end of last season after the dismissals of Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, but speaking in his press conference ahead of Sunday’s game away to Espanyol, Zidane implied he may not be around for too long.“I don’t know how long I will train Real Madrid, I haven’t got anything in mind,” he replied to a question over how long he would be at the club.“In my mind, I have always been a footballer – I was a player for almost 18 years and I said I’d never be a coach, although now I am. It wears you out a lot and we will see how long I continue, but I’m sure it won’t be 20 years,” he said.He was asked if he thought he was a better coach than a player and replied, “No way! I was a better player, but I am happy with what I have done and also that I finished my playing career here (at Real Madrid)”. Real look to defend their league lead away to bottom of the table Espanyol, who on Saturday sacked Abelardo Fernandez as first team coach – the third coach the club have sacked this season.“I don’t have much to say about that. I don’t know if that will help us or not, but I am very sorry for Abelardo,” said Zidane, who added that “Espanyol need points and they will try and make it difficult for us. This is another final for us and we are going to have to be at our best and also to keep our concentration,” commented the Madrid coach.******XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp
The number of deaths linked to the novel coronavirus continue to increase nationwide. Especially in New York.According to the state report, the number of deaths due to coronavirus increased by 799 in the state of New York on Thursday, marking the third straight day of record COVID-19 deaths in the state.The death toll linked to the disease now stands at 7,067.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state saw an increase of 200 COVID-19 hospitalizations Thursday — the lowest since the virus began spreading in the state. At least 18,279 people remain hospitalized with the virus in the state.Cuomo also urged people to continue social distancing.
Facebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyThe City of Lacey invites the community to its 53rd Annual Fireworks Spectacular on Wednesday, July 3, from 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at Rainier Vista Community Park, 5475 45th Avenue SE.The free, family-friendly event features live music, kids’ activities, and a fireworks display set to music. New this year, attendees can visit the information booth to get a free pair of 3D glasses, sponsored by Lacey Collision Center, to watch the fireworks – while supplies last. Attendees can also purchase food from a variety of on-site vendors.Full Metal Racket, the 133rd Army Band, will play in the park from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Heart by Heart, Heart tribute band, will perform from 8:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m., featuring some of the original Heart band members.Event attendees can park free on-site starting at 3:00 p.m., however, space is limited, and no RVs or trailers are allowed. People are encourage to walk or bike to the park. Additional parking is available at local-area schools including Aspire, Timberline, Lakes, and Komachin. Following the fireworks, Intercity Transit will provide free rides from Rainier Vista Community Park to Timberline High School, Komachin Middle School and Lakes Elementary. In addition, you can check bikes, strollers, and wagons into a secure area at the park.TwinStar Credit Union, South Sound Center, and the City of Lacey, sponsor the free community event.To get more information on the event, parking, traffic detours, and entertainment, visit ci.lacey.wa.us/fireworks.
OCEANPORT – The New Jersey State Senate honored Monmouth Park, Dennis Drazin and all those involved in this year’s Aug. 2 William Haskell Invitational for their contributions in executing what Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) dubbed a “wonderful family day.”And it just may happen all over again in September. Monmouth Park is trying to arrange a $1M race, in addition to a lucrative multi-race bonus package, to lure American Pharoah’s owner, Ahmed Zayat to return the Triple Crown winner back to Oceanport in September.Drazin, horseman, Red Bank attorney and advisor to Monmouth Park who was the man behind getting American Pharoah here in the first place, has been trying since before the Haskell to get the horse here again, apparently.Drazin said if the horse is going to run in the Travers Stakes in Saratoga Aug. 29 he would need another race before the Breeders’ Cup Classic Oct. 31 to stay in shape.“It would be convenient for his schedule” to have the Monmouth Park race,” Drazin said.There as been no word from the owners that the horse will run in the Tavers or at Monmouth Park, Drazin stressed.“We’re still following up on these efforts,” in trying to get American Pharoah back to Monmouth Park,” he continued. “But absolutely nothing is confirmed at this point.”A return performance would do a world of good for racing in the state, track, county and state officials agree, as well as hopefully have a cascading effect on open space according to the Monmouth County Conservation Foundation. Too many horse farms are being sold because of the low purses being offered in New Jersey, Conservation Foundation officials contend but, they add, political will can change that.American Pharoah’s appearance had a powerful economic impact on the county as well estimated to be $40M, tied with the Breeders Cup in 2007, or more.This year’s Haskell was the largest in Monmouth Park history, with a record-setting 60, 983 in attendance and a high mark of $20M in pari-mutuel wagering throughout the day. “With this year’s record Haskell Invitational, featuring a Triple Crown winner, Monmouth Park once again showed its economic importance for the region and state by drawing more than 60,000 spectators, a worldwide television audience and creating tens of millions of dollars in economic impact,” Kyrillos said. “The equestrian industry has a long and storied history in the Garden State, producing goods and services in excess of $710 million and providing tens of thousands of jobs, as well as generating significant revenue through racing and recreation.”Zayat has stressed he wants to run his horse in the Breeders’ Cup Classic Oct. 31. A Triple Crown winner has never run in the race because it was established after the last Triple Crown winner and Pharoah broke a 37-year dry streak.The owner has expressed some interest in running the horse at the Travers Stakes but trainer Bob Baffert has expressed reluctance to do so, because his horses have not had a great record there. Either way, Monmouth Park wants him back, after Saratoga or in place of Saratoga but definitely before the Breeders Cup, which will mark American Pharoah’s official retirement from racing. He will then go out to stud.Sound unlikely he’ll return to Monmouth Park? Not according to track officials who say the Zayat family was extremely pleased with the way they handled the Haskell.And so were state senators.“Horse racing has a great tradition in New Jersey and this year’s Haskell Invitational was a showcase event that the state can be proud of,” said Senate President Stephen Sweeney.The Senate resolution similarly honors and congratulates Zayat Stables, the winning New Jersey stable that produced the 12th Triple Crown winner in history American Pharaoh, for their participation in the 48th renewal of the Haskell.“He could have raced anywhere in the country,” Beck explained. “Zayat Stables deserves a lot of credit.”“It was a lot of work for Drazin and his team to make this happen, and they did a perfect job,” said Beck. “I don’t think Monmouth Park has ever looked more beautiful. They managed the traffic well; there was barely any waiting, the concessions were great. People were mesmerized. It was one of a kind.”“It was impressive to be on the Senate floor and to have them say such wonderful things,” said Drazin, the Red Bank lawyer who played a pivotal role in organizing the monstrous event. “They are used to tremendous events like the Super Bowl, which was in New Jersey last year. To hear about what a wonderful job Monmouth Park did, it made us very proud.”While Drazin appreciates the Senate’s recognition for his Haskell work, he is largely focused on the long-term commitment the Senate spoke of.“They spoke of wanting to preserve horse racing and wanting to do more. They want to make sure Monmouth Park has enough revenue. Not only were we proud, but it gave the whole team encouragement about the future through their commitment,” he said.“There has to be a comprehensive, strategic effort to bring back horse racing,” said Beck, “but this shows what is possible.”The resolution “pays tribute to [Monmouth Park’s] meritorious history of service and leadership, and extends best wishes for its continued success,” and after an historic day for Monmouth Park, Monmouth County, and the State of New Jersey, it is hopeful that equestrian industry within the state can build off of this year’s record success.By John Burton and Dillon Stambaugh
DDTV: THIS is the latest footage from the damage inside our hospital in Letterkenny. It’s heart-breaking. An investigation is already underway into how this disaster happened.Viewing the footage, it’s so sad to see such a fine facility staffed by such brilliant people under so much water.Volunteers have worked throughout the day with fire and army personnel and gardai.Anyone who can help in any way is asked to help. Hero nurses and other staff on their weekend off have been arriving all day at the hospital to help.The cost of repairing and replacing lost equipment is already estimated at more than €1M.But for now it’s time to honour the volunteers and heroes who have spent almost 24 hours helping to repair the damage to OUR hospital. DDTV: NEW FOOTAGE OF FLOOD HORROR INSIDE OUR HOSPITAL was last modified: July 28th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: NEW FOOTAGE OF FLOOD HORROR INSIDE OUR HOSPITAL
Penn State scientists have a story for how snakes, which presumably evolved from lizards, lost their legs. They had to burrow through tight places. Part of their story involved disproving that snakes evolved from sea-going reptiles, like mosasaurs, explains the press release from Penn State’s Eberly College of Science. They compared genes from 64 species of lizards and snakes. Since no mosasaurs exist today, they took genes from Komodo dragons, their assumed closest living relatives. They feel their comparisons show that snakes evolved from land-dwelling lizards. So why would a land lizard want to lose its feet? The research suggests an answer to another long-debated question: why snakes lost their limbs. Their land-based lifestyle, including burrowing underground at least some of the time, may be the reason. “Having limbs is a real problem if you need to fit through small openings underground, as anybody who has tried exploring in caves knows,” Hedges says. “Your body could fit through much smaller openings if you did not have the wide shoulders and pelvis that support your limbs.” The researchers note that the burrowing lifestyle of many other species, including legless lizards, is correlated with the complete loss of limbs or the evolution of very small limbs.The research, to be published in the May 7, 2004 issue of the Royal Society’s Biology Letters, was funded in part by NASA’s Astrobiology Institute and by the National Science Foundation.Better not explore caves if you want your kids to have legs. Why do some lizards still crawl into tight places tighter than a big snake could pass? Why do gophers and weasels have legs? Is limb loss really evolution? The quote of the month (see top right box on this page) says it all.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
23 July 2014Construction company Murray & Roberts has become one of the first beneficiaries of diamond giant De Beers’ R20-billion expansion of its Venetia mine in South Africa, winning a R2.6-billion contract to develop the shafts, tunnels and associated infrastructure for the new underground operation.Venetia is currently an open pit mine and South Africa’s largest producer of diamonds, contributing around 40% of the country’s annual production.Last year, De Beers announced that it would be investing R20-billion in converting the mine to an underground operation, to begin producing its first diamonds in 2021, ramp up to full production in 2024, and continue producing beyond 2040.President Jacob Zuma, speaking at the official launch of construction work on the project in October, said it signalled that South Africa’s mining sector was poised for new growth, adding: “This project is also significant because it demonstrates confidence in South Africa as an investment destination of choice by both foreign and South African companies.”On Wednesday, Murray & Roberts was awarded the contract to build a decline shaft, two vertical shafts, horizontal access tunnels, loading levels, and associated ventilation, ground and water handling infrastructure for the project.Company group chief executive Henry Laas said this was the first of a series of potential awards to Murray & Roberts Cementation, and “potentially represents the single largest opportunity to Murray & Roberts since the Eskom power build programme”.Laas said the “more advanced” Canadian shaft sinking methodology would be used for sinking the vertical shafts, adding that Cementation Canada, “who is recognised as leaders in applying this methodology, will be providing specialist training of the shaft sinking crews.“Although good sinking rates are possible with this methodology, the primary drive in the transition to this methodology is improved safety, as no concurrent shaft sinking activities are required,” Laas said.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAsBy Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAsWhile it’s hard to believe harvest season is upon us, we all know year-end tax planning is also just around the corner. If you are an individual business owner or have ownership in a pass-through entity, you should consider revising your 4th quarter tax estimates. In addition to your individual specific situations, taxpayers also need to consider the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This legislation drastically overhauled the tax code for the first time in decades. Many of the changes will directly impact your tax situation for 2018. Some of the highlights are:New income tax rates and brackets: While the total number of brackets remains at 7, the top rate will fall from 39.6% to 37%, and the amount of income covered by the lower brackets has been adjusted upward.Standard deduction increased: The standard deduction for individuals increases to $12,000 for single filers and $24,000 for joint filers.Personal exemptions suspended: In conjunction with increasing the standard deduction and lowing individual tax rates, the new tax act eliminates the personal exemption from 2018 through 2025.Child tax credit increased: The child care credit was raised from $1,000 to $2,000 per qualifying child. It also provides a $500 credit for dependents who do not qualify for the child tax credit, including those over 16 years of age.State and local (Schedule A) deduction limited: deductions for state and local property plus income or sales taxes is limited to $10,000 annually. Real estate taxes for farmland on Schedule F and rentals reported on Schedule E remain fully deductible.Miscellaneous itemized deductions suspended: Deductions for items such as broker investment charges, individual tax preparation fees, unreimbursed employer expenses, and most casualty losses are suspended through 2025.Domestic production activities deduction repealed: The DPAD deduction is repealed and replaced by new Section 199A.New deduction for pass-through income (section 199A): Ag and horticultural cooperatives will have a new 20% deduction. Schedule F income as well as net cash rental income reported on Schedule E is included in the computation. Beware, the 20% deduction computation has a three prong test, and this computation is not straightforward.Enhanced bonus and 179 expense depreciation expense: farmers will be allowed to immediately write off capital purchases as breeding livestock, farm equipment and single-purpose structures (such as milking parlors) up to $1 million. Farmers will also be available to write off 100% of qualified property through 2022, at which point a phase-out occurs thru 2025. The new law expands bonus depreciation to include new and used property purchased or constructed, and to plants bearing fruit and nuts.When you combine the individual specific changes and the tax law changes there’s a lot of room for potential adjustments. The typical tests that are applied when looking at estimates taxes (and underpayment penalties) are exception 1 and 2. Exception 1 states you need to have 100% of your prior year tax paid in through either withholding or timely estimates. If your AGI in the prior year was greater than $150,000 then you need 110% of your prior year tax paid in. Exception 2 states you need 90% of your current year tax paid in through either withholding or timely estimates. If you’re currently paying quarterly estimates it may be worth reviewing since the above mentioned items can both increase and decrease your overall tax situation.Remember, early tax planning and projecting can avoid any last minute surprises when filing your 2018 tax returns next year. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com or at [email protected]
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt WildeProgressive Farmer EditorDES MOINES (DTN) — More than 100 people from across the nation recently got an up-close look at the latest in conservation practices aimed at improving water quality from Iowa to the Gulf of Mexico.Participants on the day-long Conservation in Action tour, hosted by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), learned how a bioreactor under construction on the Bill and Nancy Couser farm near Nevada, Iowa, will remove nitrates from water before it leaves the property. It was one of many conservation practices showcased that improves water quality and soil health.Tour attendees climbed on a pile of woodchips, some even picked up a handful to smell, as Keegan Kult, executive director of the Ag Drainage Management Coalition, explained how the wood refuse will help people and the environment.The project is still being built, but woodchips will eventually fill a 20 foot-by-120 foot plastic-lined excavated chamber that will be covered with dirt. Water drained from a nearby field by tile will be directed into the pit and treated before it flows into the waterway that’s part of the Skunk River Watershed, which will eventually make its way to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. Microorganisms on the woodchips will convert the nitrates in the water into nitrogen gas that is released into the atmosphere.“People can expect a 30% to 60% nitrate load reduction from a bioreactor,” Kult told the tour group. “It’s one of the more cost-efficient practices for nitrate removal the public can invest in.”A bioreactor costs $8,000 to $12,000 to build. Landowners can often receive government cost-share dollars to offset the cost of edge-of-field and in-field conservation practices. A bioreactor typically services 30 to 80 acres for about 12 years before woodchips need to be replaced.CTIC promotes and provides information on technologies and sustainable, productive and profitable agricultural systems that conserve and enhance soil, water, air and wildlife. The West Lafayette, Indiana-based organization, funded by agribusinesses, commodity groups and individuals, hosts an annual tour to bring people together from across the country to learn and talk about conservation practices and issues they don’t see every day.“People get a chance to see bioreactors, saturated buffers and cover crops …things they can touch, feel and see,” said Mike Komp, CTIC executive director. “Officials from industry, conservation groups and all levels of government come together to talk with farmers and each other about conservation to tackle challenges in agriculture.”TOUR STOPSThis year’s expedition in central Iowa stopped at farms owned by the Couser family, Lee Tesdell near Slater, and the Iowa chapter of the Land Improvement Contractors of America near Melbourne. The group also toured New Century FS in Melbourne to learn about nutrient and chemical application and best management practices.Each farm stop featured conservation practices designed to meet the goals of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, a science-based plan approved in 2013 to reduce nitrate and phosphorus loads entering waterways by 45% from point and nonpoint sources. Other states in the Mississippi River Watershed have similar strategies with the ultimate goal of improving water quality and reducing the hypoxic or “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico that’s largely void of aquatic life.Komp said it was the perfect time to visit Iowa to learn how various conservation practices affect the environment and cropping systems during adverse weather.Massive flooding occurred in the state this spring. Persistent precipitation delayed planting. Now, some parts of Iowa are abnormally dry or experiencing a moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.Conservation experts and farmers told tour participants how wetlands and cover crops helped hold back water and nutrients in the spring from already full rivers. In addition, a combination of conservation tillage and cover crops builds organic matter and improves water retention.“If I could control the weather, I would have this business whipped,” Bill Couser told the group. “But I can’t. That doesn’t mean I won’t continue to find a way to do it.“I’m representing the American farmer here,” he continued. “A lot of innovative things are going on. We want to be good stewards so the land is available to the next generation.”The Cousers, who farm with two sons, recently created a 220-acre AGvocacy Learning Farm in partnership with Bayer and other partners. It has six fields that reflect common farming landscapes throughout Iowa. A few conservation practices being studied include:— Cover crops: Crops, such as cereal rye, planted between periods of regular crop production to prevent erosion, increase soil organic matter and sequester nutrients.— Saturated Buffer: Water from a field tile is intercepted and discharged into an adjoining riparian buffer/filter strip via a lateral tile line. Studies show nitrate removal of 22% to 44%.— Bioreactor— Automated drainage water management: The water table is managed using control structures in the tile system. More water can be retained in the soil profile when needed. Studies show it can reduce nitrate and dissolved phosphorus discharge by 33% and 50%, respectfully.Conservation measures will be monitored and benefits quantified. Results will serve to advance the state’s nutrient reduction strategy and promote acceleration and adoption of practices.“It’s our data, but it will be shared with everyone,” Couser said.INFORMATION PUT TO USEDavid Meyer, who works in predictive agriculture for Corteva Agriscience, wanted to see how conservation practices interact with different cropping systems so farms can become more sustainable.“Our company is all about solving problems,” Meyer said. “We look at what issues farmers face now and in the future to offer seed, technology and crop protection tools to help farmers and consumers.”Carrie Vollmer-Sanders, the North America nutrient strategy manager for The Nature Conservancy, said the organization has conservation projects in half the states. She attended to garner new ideas to keep nutrients on farmland and out of drainage tile and waterways.That’s why CTIC will continue the annual conservation trek, Komp said. “We want participants to learn from each other and go back across the country and make a difference,” he added.Matthew Wilde can be reached at [email protected] Matthew on Twitter @progressivwilde(PS/BAS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
9 Steps to A Greener CodeNew homes built using the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) or International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will be more energy efficient than ever. As a consequence, a builder’s world may become a bit more complex and, in some cases, a bit more expensive. STEP 9: INSTALLING VAPOR RETARDERSCode: R601.3 Class-I or -II vapor retarders are required on the interior side of framed walls in zones 5, 6, 7, and 8 and in Marine 4, except on basement walls; in the below-grade portion of any wall; and in construction where moisture or frozen moisture will not damage the materials used in the assembly.What it means to you: Since the last edition of the IRC, the vapor-retarder requirements in the IECC, IRC, and IBC were changed based on an understanding of building science. This change moves the new vapor-retarder requirements into their proper codelocation because they are more reasonably related to the building shell. This means that in the prescribed zones, you’ll need to install a vapor retarder on the interior side of a wall. A class-III vapor retarder can be used in lieu of class-I and -II products in some cases when the cladding is vented or insulated sheathing is used. This code, which was previously only part of the IECC, is now integrated into the IRC.The 2009 building codes reflect practices that not only increase energy efficiency, like air sealing measures and increased insulation, but also address sustainable building practices, like moisture control.Other segments of this series:Part 1: Air SealingPart 2: InsulationPart 3: LightingPart 4: Programmable ThermostatsPart 5: Insulating Mass WallsPart 6: Efficient WindowsPart 7: Insulating Mechanical PipesPart 8: Exceeding the Energy CodePart 9: Vapor Retarders
Australia’s Peter George with Tim Paine celebrates the wicket of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar on the 4th day of the 2nd test match at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday.The Bangalore Test hangs in balance after Sachin Tendulkar’s 214 gave India a slender 17-run lead over Australia on Day 4.Australia finished the day at 202-7 with an over-all lead of 185. All their top-order batsmen are gone and only all-rounder Mitchell Johnson remains with the tail.Pragyan Ojha and Harbhajan Singh shared three wickets between them, putting Australia in a tricky spot on a wicket that has offered bowlers help.Australia captain Ricky Ponting made 72 before falling LBW to Zaheer Khan near close of play on Day 4. At his fall, Australia led by 167 runs with just four wickets left.Australia had made a decent start with Shane Watson and Simon Katich, who added 58 confident runs.Ojha got him for the second time in the game, while Harbhajan too got Katich having dismissed him on Day 1 as well.Michael Clarke was stumped off Ojha, who then took out Mike Hussey to end a 51-run partnership with Ponting.Marcus North fell cheaply to Harbhajan, giving India the advantage.Earlier in the day, Tendulkar began on 191 and completed his sixth Test double-hundred, and his second against Australia.It’s also his second double in four games. Tendulkar’s dismissal on 486-5 triggered an Indian collapse in which five wickets were lost for nine runs.
Indians expectedly finished in the bottom half of the results chart in the weightlifting events on the first day of the competitions in the Asian Games here on Saturday.Commonwealth Games silver medallist Soniya Chanu improved upon her CWG performance by lifting a total of 170kg (75+95) but still finished fifth in women’s 48kg category. She had lifted 167kg (73+94) in the CWG.CWG bronze medallist, Sandhya Rani finished sixth in the eight lifters field with a total of 158kg (70+88), which is seven kilogram less than her CWG effort.China’s Wang Mingjuan ran away with the gold medal with a total lift of 285kg. She created new records in both snatch and clean and jerk with efforts of 91kg and 95kg respectively.Thailand’s Pensiri Laosirikul won the silver with a lift of 192kg (83+109) while the bronze went to Chen Wei-Ling of Chinese Taipei who had a total lift of 191kg (86+105).In men’s 56kg, V Srinivasa Rao and Sukhen Dey finished eighth and 10th respectively with below par performances.Rao lifted 245kg (110+135), three kilogram less than his bronze-winning effort in the Commonwealth Games.Dey, who won a silver in the Commonwealth Games, was far below his best with a total lift of 230kg (104+126), a whopping 12 kilogram less than his CWG performance.World champion Wu Jingbiao of China won gold with a total lift of 285kg (133+152), seven kilogram less than his effort at the World Championships in Turkey in September.South Korean Cha Kum Chol, who finished third in the World Championships, expectedly won the silver with a total lift of 276kg (128+148), which is four kilogram less than his effort in Turkey.advertisementIndonesia’s Jadi Setiadi won the bronze with a total lift of 271kg (120+151).With inputs from PTI
HALIFAX – Ottawa used the platform of a G7 ministers meeting Thursday to announce it will gradually eliminate most plastic waste from government operations, as corporate leaders spoke of how they’re eager to turn waste into profitable material.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said at the Halifax gathering that the federal government will ditch unnecessary plastics throughout its operations.“We’re going to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastics throughout government operations. So this includes straws, cutlery, packaging, cups, bottles,” McKenna said.She said Ottawa aims to collect, reuse or recycle at least 75 per cent of its plastic waste by 2030.Meanwhile, the CEOs of a number of large companies said they’ll sign the ocean plastics charter that Canada has been promoting.The Canadian-led plastic charter’s provisions call for national governments to set standards for increasing the reuse and recycling of plastics rather than trashing them.It also calls for businesses to take responsibility for production methods that eliminate waste — an approach referred to as “extended producer responsibility.”Five of the seven G7 nations and the European Union signed on to the charter at the recent G7 leaders summit in Charlevoix, but the United States and Japan still haven’t endorsed it.McKenna announced Thursday that Jamaica, Kenya, the Marshall Islands, and Norway are signing on to the plastics charter.Also Thursday, a group of companies and non-government groups announced a coalition dedicated to finding ways to use plastic rather than throwing it away.Unilever Canada, Walmart Canada, Ikea Canada and Loblaw were among firms joining with non-governmental groups to support the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition. The term circular economy refers to manufacturing processes that involves recycled materials and waste is eliminated or reused elsewhere.Some firms, including Ikea, have already promised to eliminate single-use plastic products from its shelves by 2020, including straws, plates, cups, freezer bags, garbage bags and plastic-coated paper plates and cups.There have been a wide array of corporate anti-plastic pledges in recent months: hotels including the Marriott and Holiday Inn Express have dumped their complimentary tiny shampoo and conditioner bottles in favour of larger containers that are attached to the bathroom wall.Montreal became the largest Canadian municipality to ban single-use plastic bags this week, and Prince Edward Island is gearing up to become to the first province to do the same.Paul Polman, the chief executive of Dutch-British multinational Unilever — a massive consumer products firm — attended the morning session of the G7 meeting and told the ministers those that haven’t signed on are falling behind a world trend led by consumers.He referred to the Canadian-led ocean plastics charter as a starting point for all nations to commit to.“You’ve put a stake in the ground of what the minimum is that the whole world should adhere to, even though I realize there are some countries still hesitating to sign,” he said.“I can only tell you, you’re out of line of where the consumers are.”He said people around the world want to help end the flow of plastic into the oceans, in part because of powerful images of sea life that is dying due to swallowing plastic waste being dumped into water.“It’s drastically changing the consumer’s perspective,” he said.McKenna also said during her news conference that Ottawa is starting a $12 million fund for innovations in plastics aimed at finding ways to avoid the material entering the waste stream.However, McKenna has said the Liberal government’s wider approach to setting out a national strategy to reduce plastic waste and encourage reuse is still being worked out, as she plans to meet with provincial counterparts.Mark Butler, the director of Halifax-based Ecology Action Centre, said while the voluntary commitments of companies and the international charters are useful, stronger legislation is needed to eliminate throwaway plastics and commit companies to recycling and reuse.“Voluntary is great, but we need mandatory,” he said. “The basic approach is if it can’t be recycled, we shouldn’t be using it.”Butler also said there are still serious problems with the ocean plastics charter, including its use of terminology that would allow for plastic waste to be burned — thus contributing to greenhouse gases.The Canadian-led conference didn’t appear to convince a representative of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to consider signing the plastics charter.As he prepared to depart Halifax, Andrew Wheeler, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said the United States intends to follow its own domestic plans to reduce plastic waste.Wheeler said most plastic waste comes from southeast Asia.“As I said in the meeting today after the press left, we have to be aware of the fact that 60 per cent of the plastic waste comes from five countries that are not represented by us,” he said in an interview.“The G7 needs to do a better job of outreach to those countries if we’re going to solve this problem internationally.”Masaharu Nakagawa, the Japanese minister of the environment, declined a request for an interview on why his country is not signing the plastics accord, but signalled the matter will be discussed further at the G20 meetings.He said in a speech earlier in the day that Japan is currently considering a domestic strategy referred to as the “plastic resource circulation strategy,” and this new strategy will include the points listed in the Ocean Plastic Charter and “aims to be even more ambitious.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna incorrectly said the Seychelles had joined the plastics charter.
Photo illustration by Mark BatkeImagine not being able to say whatever you want on Twitter because one bad tweet will make headlines all over. That’s often the case for student athletes when it comes to social media, and it’s particularly true for Twitter.In 2009, Texas Tech University linebacker Marlon Williams decided not to keep his comments to himself when he tweeted about his coach being late to a team meeting.“Wondering why I’m still in this meeting room when the head coach can’t even be on time to his own meeting,” Williams tweeted.Williams’ tweet and account were deleted soon after.In 2011, then-Western Kentucky University and current Tennessee Titans running back Antonio Andrews had something to say to the fans of WKU.“One thing I can say bout #UKfans is they loyal. No matter how sorry they team is they always support them. Can’t say that bout #WKUfans smh,” Andrews tweeted.Andrews was sidelined the following game.Finally in 2012, Ohio State’s very own quarterback, Cardale Jones, then a freshman, made headlines for his controversial tweet about his opinion on attending classes and playing football.“Why should we have to go to class if we have came to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL classes are pointless,” Jones tweeted.Shortly after, Jones’ tweet and his Twitter account were deleted, but the tweet was already captured by many.Student athletes become the face of their school whether they like it or not. They are obligated to represent their university in everything they do, including the tweets they create on Twitter. Any and everything they say will be judged by many.“It’s tough knowing that everything you do is watched pretty closely because I’m doing the same stuff I’ve always done. It’s just now people actually care what I do,” former Texas A&M quarterback and current Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel said to USA Today in January of 2013.Being a student athlete is not always easy. Yes, they might get the perks of having thousands of Twitter followers, but someone is always watching to make one simple tweet into headlines across the globe. Therefore, ask yourself, “Do I really wish to be Cardale Jones and have thousands of followers that watch my every move?” Some might say yes and some might say no, but I personally would rather stay as the average student whose tweets do not make headlines.